Maisonettes for Rent in Malta
About Malta’s Maisonette
Maisonettes are one of the most popular property types offered for sale in Malta. In essence it is a type of apartment, but located at ground floor level, having its separate entrance. Although forming part of a residential block, maisonettes tend to feel more like a freestanding house and generally also have a sizeable yard at the back of the property.
Whilst most maisonettes are found on ground level, one can also find the occasional maisonette at first floor level – whilst still retaining their private entrance. Other variations include duplex (maisonettes set on to floors) and solitary maisonettes (generally built over a garage/garages, and enjoying full ownership of roof and airspace).
Maisonettes generally have two or three bedrooms, making it an ideal home for families. In many instances larger maisonettes have seen one of the bedrooms converted into a home office or study, or even a secondary entertainment room.
Maisonettes are sought-after as they provide the convenience of lock-up-and-go like an apartment and yet retain the character of a house. What makes them irresistible are the small, easy to maintain outdoor spaces that many people convert and upgrade, some with wooden decks and splash pools, barbecue areas and al fresco dining areas for outdoor living during the hot summer months.
Owning a maisonette can be considered as cluster living and therefore the population density where they are found, can be high. Off-street parking and garages are a huge bonus should any maisonette come with this, but this would be an add-on purchase. As many of these were constructed up to a hundred years or more ago, prospective buyers should have them thoroughly evaluated prior to purchase, as considerable modernisation and upgrading may be needed.
The bulk of maisonettes are either recently built – from the 1960’s onwards. In terms of prices, maisonettes tend to be in the same range as apartments, but slightly more expensive, due to having their own private entrance and a bigger outdoor space.